Hyundai has recently unveiled the Hyundai Aura. This compact-looking sedan is launching on January 21, 2020. This sensuously sporting sedan gets its inspiration from the styling of the Grand i10 Nios hatchback, but with better and more robust features. Besides an excellent exterior appearance, the Hyundai Aura gets new power train options and impressive interiors to make the car the one to watch out for. As a sub-four-metre sedan, the Hyundai Aura competes with vehicles like Tata Tigor, Honda Amaze, Volkswagen Ameo, Ford Aspire, and the Maruti Suzuki Dzire. Let us see how Hyundai Aura matches up to its established rivals. We shall also include the Hyundai Xcent because the Hyundai Aura is poised to take over the mantle from the Xcent.
Dimensions – The size matters a lot
On the length aspect, there is not much to choose between all the cars, as each of them qualifies as a sub-4-metre sedan. The Maruti Suzuki Dzire scores over all its rivals, including the Hyundai Aura comfortably when it comes to comparing the width. The Tata Tigor is the tallest of them all, with Hyundai Aura not very far behind with a height of 1520 mm. The Hyundai Aura comes with a wheelbase of 2450mm, an ideal one for a sedan. The Ford Aspire and the Volkswagen Ameo have longer wheelbases at 2490mm and 2470mm respectively. All these sedans feature 15-inch wheels except for the Volkswagen Ameo that comes with a 16-inch option.
Engine and the Powertrain – The heart of the sedan
Hyundai Aura comes with three robust options, two petrol engines and one diesel motor, all of which comply with BS6 emission norms. The car provides an option between choosing the manual and automatic transmission systems.
Of the two petrol options, one is a tweaked version of the Hyundai Xcent 1.2L naturally-aspirated petrol engine that delivers 83hp of power and a torque of 114Nm. The Hyundai Aura is also available with the 1L turbo-petrol engine that is present in the Hyundai Venue. However, this engine produces a lesser power of 100hp and torque of 172Nm(as compared to the Venue). The 1.2L engine pairs with a manual gearbox as a standard option. It also comes with an AMT auto transmission system as against the torque converter unit available on the Xcent. The 1L petrol engine does not have an auto transmission option.
Let us compare the petrol engine options first before proceeding to the diesel mills.
The comparison table shows that the 1.2L petrol engines in the Honda Amaze and Ford Aspire are way ahead of the pack. However, the 1L turbo-petrol engine in the Hyundai Aura performs creditably with a power output of 100hp and torque of 172Nm. The Ford Aspire 1.5L engine outscores all the other motors by offering the highest power of 123hp and torque of 150Nm. The Hyundai Aura can hold its head high because it has a BS6-compliant engine whereas Honda Amaze, Ford Aspire, Tata Tiago, and the Volkswagen Ameo do not. The Maruti Suzuki Dzire offers a BS6-compliant model.
Besides, the Hyundai Aura has an advantage, as the 1.2L engines can be upgraded with a CNG option, whereas the other vehicles do not provide this option.
Let us now compare the diesel variants of these well-matched competitors and see how the Hyundai Aura performs.
Amongst all its competitors, Hyundai Aura is the best place because it complies with BS6 norms. Though it has a smaller engine capacity when compared to the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, the Hyundai Aura delivers equal power and torque. However, the bigger engines present in the Honda Amaze, Volkswagen Ameo, and Ford Aspire perform better than the Hyundai Aura. The Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Volkswagen Ameo, and the Tata Tigor will be losing their diesel mills before the deadline of April 2020. One can expect the Honda Amaze and the Ford Aspire to come up with an upgraded engine.
Interior Features – Comfort and Convenience
Hyundai Aura has not revealed much of its interiors, but one can expect the compact sedan to have everything that the Grand i10 Nios comes with.
The above comparison shows that the Hyundai Aura has the best interior features of all. The best aspect of it all is the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. All its rivals come with either a 7-inch screen or a 6.5-inch screen. The Hyundai Aura is unique because it is the only vehicle to come with a wireless phone charging facility.
Safety Features – A principal constituent to look for
Hyundai Aura is a compact sedan version of the Grand i10 Nios. Therefore, we shall expect the Aura to come with similar safety features that are available on the Grand i10 Nios. The Hyundai Aura should come with two front-seat airbags. One can also expect ABS along with EBD. Hyundai offers some of the best safety features in its cars today. The Grand i10 Nios comes with rear parking sensors and a camera. Therefore, the Hyundai Aura should have the same. This sedan does not come with ESP and Hill Assist.
On comparing its rivals, the Ford Aspire seems to be the only one that scores over the Hyundai Aura. All the other sedans have similar features. The Ford Aspire comes with six airbags. It also features ESP and Hill Assist in its automatic variants. The Volkswagen Ameo also comes with similar characteristics in its DSG options.
Price Comparison – Best value for money
On the pricing front, all the cars seem to be on an even pedestal. The Hyundai Aura prices are not yet declared by the company. However, the sedan will be available in the pricing range of Rs 6 to 10 lakhs.
We have compared the Hyundai Aura with all its principal competitors. The opinion is that the compact sedan can come out trumps, especially when you note that the Hyundai Aura is the only BS6-compliant vehicle in this group. The engine configurations and the resultant power and torque will change when the cars upgrade to BS6 emission norms. The pricing will also undergo a change considerably. In this context, the Hyundai Aura should be the best bet among its competitors.